Ahmadinejad says can buy nuclear fuel from America

Ahmadinejad made no mention of Iran sending its uranium abroad for further enrichment.

Ahmadinejad says can buy nuclear fuel from America

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that some countries had offered to provide Iran with uranium enriched to 20 percent for use as nuclear reactor fuel, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Iran has always insisted on its right to carry out its own enrichment of uranium for a nuclear programme which it says is for purely peaceful purposes, mainly to generate electricity.

It rejects Western suspicions its real intention is to build an atomic bomb, which would require uranium enriched to around 90 percent.

"There have been some proposals by individual countries and groups of countries. We are ready to hold talks with anyone interested. Our experts will soon start talks with those sellers," Ahmadinejad said.

He said Iran could also buy nuclear fuel from the United States.

"We want to buy fuel. We can buy it from anywhere and America can be a seller," ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

Iran agreed in principle at Oct. 1 talks in Geneva to send about 80 percent of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing. It would then be returned to Tehran to replenish dwindling fuel stocks for a reactor in the capital that produces isotopes for cancer care.

Ahmadinejad made no mention of Iran sending its uranium abroad for further enrichment. So far no purchasing agreement had been finalised, he said.

"Representatives of some countries have said that France is ready to provide nuclear fuel for the Tehran reactor ... they (France) should officially propose it, then we will review it," state broadcaster IRIB quoted the president as saying.

IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying last week's talks with six world powers -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- in Geneva "were constructive and a positive step forward."

Iran also agreed with the six powers in Geneva to allow U.N. inspectors access to a newly disclosed nuclear site.


Reuters

Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2009, 15:39
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